Opinion: Implausible (ID Card machine always broken)

We’ve lost count (because we haven’t been paying attention – our bad) but it seems that the civil registry has been unable to produce new ID-cards or driver’s licenses like forever. All this is due to “severe technical issues” or so we are made to understand.

By now, this explanation is becoming implausible.

We’re not talking about cracking encrypted information in an I-phone here. This is about a piece of machinery and its accompanying software that is producing ID-cards and driver’s licenses.

How difficult can this be? If we do not have the wizards on the island to solve this little problem, go get them somewhere else. Do not fool the people with a buzz about technical issues.

Imagine if ever a similar “hiccup” (a popular word these days in government lingo) hit Gebe. Due to severe technical issues citizens would have to go for weeks without electricity and water – and with no end in sight.

It is time for the government to come up with the real explanation.

Source: Today SXM Opinion: Implausible (ID Card machine always broken)


  1. The government of St.maarten needs to stop changing the way the I.d and driver licenses look without informing Europe about the changes. Because of this, anyone outside of Holland who holds a sxm driver license or I.d will be told they have fake documents. Because the system they have is not updated with how the current I.d and license look. This also makes it very difficult for anyone wanting to exchange their license. Curacao at least updates their info on European sites but sxm is too lazy to do so. I’m tired of having to go through this mess because of the lazyness just to update information. In fact the info for sxm is so old that Europe still thinks we use the red paper license that folds. That’s how outdated the information is and how lazy the government is as well. What’s so hard about sending an updated picture of the current, new and old lisence?